The maid who modestly concealsHer beauties, while she hides, reveals;Give but a glimpse, and fancy drawsWhate’er the Grecian Venus was.
How little inventiveness there is in man, Grave copier of copies, I give thanks For a new relish, careless to inquire My pleasure's pedigree, if so it please, Nobly, I mean, nor renegade to art. The Grecian gluts me with its perfectness, Unanswerable as Euclid , self-contained, The one thing finished in this hasty world, Forever finished, though the barbarous pit, Fanatical on hearsay, stamp and shout As if a miracle could be encored.james russell lowell
New words and lately made shall credit claim If from a Grecian source they gently stream.
The Ethiop gods have Ethiop lips, Bronze cheeks, and woolly hair; The Grecian gods are like the Greeks, As keen-eyed, cold and fair.walter bagehot
If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any numberof old ladies.